JW as a Muckraker Monday, Oct 25 2010 

From COMM 455 student Chris Lopez:

A book called The Muckrackers lists Judson Welliver among a group of reformers during Woodrow Wilson’s administration: http://bit.ly/95JFMN. And an article written by Welliver in Munsey’s magazine discussing Washington politics and the possibility of a Bryan election: http://bit.ly/d8uIe2.


Biographical Info/Writings by JW Monday, Oct 25 2010 

From COMM 455 student Alex Motsiopoulos:

This a biographical article about Judson Welliver and how he got his start at Hampton’s Magazine.  I believe, after reading this, that this is one of his first jobs in journalism and he did write quite a bit for them.  This article also has a great portrait picture of a young Judson Welliver: http://bit.ly/aHbPgz.

Citation: Index to the Hampton’s Magazine. XXIII. New York City: Hampton’s Mgazine, 1909. 725-26.

The same Web site, but on a different page has a story about the Sugar Trust that Welliver wrote for the October 1909 issue of Hampton’s Magazine. Citation: Welliver, Judson, C. “The Story of Sugar.” Hampton’s Magazine. Oct. 1909: 433-46. And a story by JW on Senator Aldrich.

A quotation reportedly said to JW: “I don’t know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, where I could go to straighten it out in my mind. But I don’t know where the book is, and maybe I couldn’t read it if I found it.” -William J. Harding, said to Judson C. Welliver. Citation: Russell, Francis. The Shadow of Blooming Grove. McGraw-Hill, 1968.

An article about API, the American Petroleum Institute, written by Joseph Pratt: “Creating Coordination in the Modern Petroleum Industry: The American Petroleum Institute and the Emergence of Secondary Organizations in Oil,” Research in Economic History (Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1984). by Joseph Allen Pratt: http://bit.ly/bNvlP2.

An article that JW wrote for Munsey’s Magazine in 1914 about the US Navy and how it compared to naval forces of other nations at the time: http://bit.ly/9x4SMV.

Writing by JW Monday, Oct 25 2010 

From COMM 455 student Brandon Cuffy:

Two articles written by JW in Munsey Magazine in October 1917 and August 1917 entitled “Sir Master Geddes, Master of Scientific War” and “The Wonders of a Great New Workshop of War” respectively: http://bit.ly/c2QaET and http://bit.ly/9OAZMC.

Another JW article explains his support for America’s purchase of Alaska, despite opposition to the move: http://bit.ly/9VrgyG.

Judson Welliver takes a stance on the prohibition.  He discusses its inner-workings as well as its social effects, and its own effectiveness.  (I think this is the article being critiqued in a  recent submission sent in by Cassie O’Conner from the Philadelphia Inquirer): http://bit.ly/crd0he.

Here’s an article from Welliver about the wonders of Detroit and their booming automotive industry: http://bit.ly/d78YYt.

A Few More Writings By and About JW Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Cassie O’Conner:

1. An angry reader responds to JW’s critiques of the Taft administration: Citation: “Hot Shot Fired at Roosevelt Camp.” Letter to the Editor. Morning Oregonian [Portland, OR] 17 Apr 1912: 12.

 2. Critique of a 1922 JW article about Prohibition: Citation: “What the Police Records Show.” The Philadelphia Inquirer 17 Jun 1922: 10. 

3. Interesting article which suggests JW was considered for a political appointment during the Harding administration. Citation: “Forbes Switched, Rumor. Spokane Man Mentioned for Shipping Board.” Morning Oregonian [Portland, OR] 12 Mar 1921: 2.

The Life & Times of JW Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Catherine O’Connor:

A bit of local color: In December 1921, Van Lear Black (publisher of the Baltimore Sun) held a party for journalists who were covering the nearby Washington Arms Conference. Attendees included H.G. Wells, H.L. Mencken (left), and “chief White House clerk” Judson Welliver, an “erstwhile vehement journalistic advocate of the Progressive cause.”(See Michael Lotman’s 9/18 post for more about Mencken and Welliver). 

Citation: “A Barbecue for Journalists. Baltimore Publisher Put on a ‘Feed’ for Conference Correspondents.” Kansas City Star [Kansas City, MO] 8 Dec 1921: 26.

In 1921, Alaskan politician James Wickersham (right) was lobbying to be appointed governor of Alaska. He was advised to enlist the help of his “old friend” Judson C. Welliver, who was reputed to have “a strong stand in with Harding” (7/7/21) and Wickersham’s diary of their exchanges paint an interesting picture of Welliver’s position in the Harding White House. Welliver is mentioned on pp. 19, 82, 87-88, 90- 91, 99, 125 on these dates Feb. 1st, Mar. 7th, Mar. 21st-22nd, Mar. 30th-31st; May 6th and July 7th, 1921 in the PDF.

Citation: Wickersham, James. “Personal Diary of James Wickersham, Dec. 2, 1920 to Jany 1st 1922: Contains Record Contest in Congress Feb. 28 & March 1, 1921.” Transcript of MS #107, Box 5, Wickersham State Historic Site Collection (ASL- PCA-277). Alaska State Library Historical Collections, Juneau, AK. Alaska’s Digital Archives. Alaska State Library and University of Alaska Libraries. Web. October 1, 2010. < http://vilda.alaska.edu/u?/cdmg21,8297 >

JW and Henry Ford Monday, Oct 11 2010 

From COMM 455 student Malka Goldberg:

Judson Welliver wrote an in-depth article about Henry Ford. It can be found in The American Review of Reviews, Volume 64, pages 481 – 495. One of the sections is particularly about Ford and the Jews, referring to the industrialist’s anti-semitism as his “particular obsession.” Welliver’s profile of Ford is extensive and covers Ford’s viewpoints on a wide range of topics.

Citation: Judson C. Welliver, “Henry Ford, Dreamer and Worker,” The American Review of Review, 64 (1921): 481-495.

Muckraking JW fights Shoe Trust Monday, Oct 11 2010 

From COMM 455 student Lorena Arias

In Lasting Impressions (Harvard Magazine, Vol 103, p.37, 2000), Harvard alum Edward Tenner laments the loss of stylish male footwear on campus. He also details the history of the shoemaking industry and writes that “footwear and higher education were once New England specialties.” Tenner discusses the rise of Sidney Winslow and the United Shoe Machinery Company, which built a monopoly on shoe production at the time. Apparently, JW took an interest in shoe reform, as Tenner writes, “the muckraking journalist Judson Welliver even attacked Winslow and United for virtually forcing the use of inferior materials that endangered the health of working-class shoe consumers.” Sounds like JW wouldn’t like Nike very much.


Alexis Madrigal on JW’s National Geographic article Monday, Oct 11 2010 

From COMM 455 student Lorena Arias

Wired.com staff writer Alexis Madrigal keeps a website dedicated to his/her upcoming book, Inventing Green. In 250,000 Tiny Greenhouses, Each Containing One Head of Lettuce, Madrigal references JW’s 1918 National Geographic article about British agriculture. Madrigal writes, “Judson Welliver tells us, ‘Everybody knows how British women have taken the places of men in industry, but nobody who has not seen can understand.’ ”


JW on Mormons & Sugar Tuesday, Sep 21 2010 

From COMM 455 student Cassie O’Connor:

This article is a synopsis of JW’s writing in Hampton’s about the relationship between the Mormon Church and the Sugar Trust. From the article: The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company and the Amalgamated Sugar Company were “Mormon beet concerns.” In fact, Welliver wrote, “Joseph F. Smith [was] the president of the Utah-Idaho company…Prophet, seer, revelator, he is trustee-in- chief of temporal and spiritual affairs alike of the Church of JC of the LDS.” 

Citation: “New Sugar Sensation.” The Idaho Daily Statesman [Boise, ID] 21 Dec 1909: 4.

Articles Mentioning JW Monday, Sep 20 2010 

From COMM 455 student Natalia Cifuentes:

Several articles mention or feature JW. One briefly mentions JW as a source for information about donations to the campaign for President William Howard Taft’s (right) renomination. PDF of article.

Another article is a digest of recently published articles from the time period. One of JW’s articles is mentioned. The New York Times liberally quotes from a Hampton’s Magazine article in which JW writes about the tensions between President Taft and Speaker of the House Joseph Cannon. Another digest features JW’s Hampton’s Magazine article about the collapse of the Taft administration. And a final story is by JW and discusses the role of women in wartime.

Note: Many of the sources of these articles are unclear. Check back for updated source information.

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